Sold For: $3,161
Model: Python Target .38 Special
Serial Number: LA9525
Year of Manufacture: 1980
Caliber: .38 Special Only
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver with Swing-Out Cylinder
Markings: The left side of the barrel is marked “PYTHON TARGET / *.38 SPECIAL CTG*”. The crane cut is marked “LA9525” and the crane is marked “LA9525”. The rear face of the cylinder is marked “38 SP”. The forward left trigger guard bow is marked with the Verified Proof. The rear left trigger guard bow is marked “F”. The left grip frame is marked “Z / 4 / K”. The inside of both grips are marked “038551”. The right side of the barrel is marked “COLT’S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CONN, U.S.A.”
Barrel Length: 8”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a serrated ramped blade pinned to a ventilated rib. The rear sight is a square notch adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered walnut with gold colored Colt medallions. There is little to no wear on these grips. The grips rate in about Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is only the lightest dragline on the cylinder. The screw heads are sharp. The markings are clear. Overall, this handgun rates in about Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this handgun.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A blue box for an 8″ Royal Blue Python Target is included, as is the manual. These are in Very Good condition though are a bit dusty. The serial number has been removed from the end label.
Our Assessment: The Colt Python was first introduced in 1955 as Colt’s top-of-the-line model and was originally intended to be a large-frame .38 Special target revolver but ended up being a .357 Magnum. This is 1 of a 3,489 run of .38 Special Colt Python Targets made. These are highly sought after and are known for their reliability and superb accuracy. If you are brave enough to shoot this beautiful revolver you are sure to be delighted. Many flinch at the thought of shooting such a highly collectable firearm, especially one in this condition. If you live in California, a Private Party Transfer, such as we offer here, is just about the only way to acquire a Colt Royal Blue Python, much less one of the limited number of Pythons chambered in .38 Special.